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MITCHELL, S.D.—After millions of dollars' worth of investment, the stars have aligned for an excellent tourism season at the World's Only Corn Palace. A visit to the Corn Palace is always a unique experience — it is the only attraction of its kind, after all. But the corn-adorned building has accumulated more features in the last few years, from an education center and art gallery on the second floor to new domes and turrets along the structure's roof.
PIERRE, S.D. — A bill to raise the minimum age of legal access to tobacco in South Dakota will soon face the Legislature. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau, is on the horizon, one which would raise the age to purchase tobacco products in South Dakota from 18 to 21. And Heinemann, a dentist for 36 years with practices in Flandreau and Dell Rapids, said he was happy to sign on as prime sponsor.
MITCHELL, S.D. — As two widely known Republicans vie for their party's nomination for governor, two other South Dakotans are waiting in the wings for their moment in the spotlight. While U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley rake in the campaign cash, former state legislator Lora Hubbel and lawyer Terry LaFleur are working to get their name recognition up before next summer's GOP primary.
BURKE, S.D. — South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton has his sights set on the Governor's Mansion. The 33-year-old Burke resident announced his intention to run for governor Wednesday morning, May 31, at the Sutton Ranch in his hometown, aiming to end a streak of six consecutive Republicans governors in South Dakota. And backed by a belief that he can unite West River and East River South Dakotans, Sutton thinks he can rise above the other candidates in the race.
COLOME, S.D. — If TransCanada tries to build the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline through South Dakota, the company will first have to go through John Harter. Four miles of Harter's land near Colome is included in the planned route of the Keystone XL pipeline, 315 miles of which runs through South Dakota on its way from Canada to Nebraska, and Harter said he's yet to hear from TransCanada regarding a construction timeline.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A 4 million-acre reduction in corn projected in 2017 could prove beneficial for farmers. With corn prices falling from the $3.60 range to the around $3 from 2015-2016 to today, the commodity price could be in line for a bounceback if the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 projections are correct.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said a 21 percent cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget is "not necessarily" fair. During a call with reporters Thursday, March 16, the South Dakota Republican said what's included in President Donald Trump's first proposed budget — which includes a $4.7 billion cut to the USDA — will be less likely to impact South Dakotans whan what's included in the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is hoping to see the next iteration of the Farm Bill get kicked over to the Senate well in advance of its expiration. The Agriculture Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, is set to expire after the 2018 fiscal year, but Noem said Wednesday that discussion to renew the act is about to heat up.
PIERRE, S.D.—As governor of one of the nation's most prominent crop producing states, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's stance on ag issues carries weight. And with two years left in office, Daugaard is hoping one particular federal program is expanded to improve his state's ag economy that's floundering through a tough stretch of low commodity prices. During a stop through Mitchell last week, Daugaard said he'd like to see an expansion of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
MITCHELL, S.D.—No big ticket legislation, no problem. That's how South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard feels following a handful of legislative sessions in which major discussions ate up much of the three-month period in Pierre. Daugaard took to Mitchell on Thursday, two days after delivering his State of the State address, to offer an abbreviated version of the governor's annual speech. The second-term governor was met by a crowd of locals at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, and much of his speech focused on improving existing actions and balancing the budget.